St. Monica Plays Well On Basketball Tournament’s Last Day

The Mariners ride Kavin Dotson's hot hand to victory

Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013, 4:27:00 AM

Mirror Staff

A slew of school participated

in the St. Monica Tournament. The Mariners didn’t place in the top three of the

tournament, but nonetheless came through on the final day with a 64-54 win

against Hamilton. 

St. Monica was led by Kavin Dotson with 17 points and Spencer

Gorman with 13. Hamilton was led by Jordan Baldridge with 18 points and Jared

Rogers with 11.

An early lead enabled St.

Monica to go into halftime clinging to a 26-16 lead. St. Monica led after the first quarter,

15-9 with Kavin Dotson scoring seven points in the period. St. Monica extended

its lead to 26-16 at intermission.

St. Monica threatened

to blow it open midway through the third quarter but made a few costly turnovers

that led to Hamilton getting hot with a bunch of 3-pointers, allowing them to

close the gap to eight points at the end of the period, making the score 50-42.

The Mariners and

Hamilton pretty much traded baskets in the fourth quarter, leading to a final

outcome. 

Dennis Ashley, a first

team all-Camino Real League player last year, finally started to hit some shots

after a tough start to the season. He finished with 11 points, including connecting

on three 3-pointers in the second half.  7’2 Center Xiang Yu Meng

contributed 9 points and six rebounds.

Oak Park wound up

winning the tournament, defeating Newbury Park 59-56 in the finale. Oak Park

was led by Michael Alvarez with 22 points. Newbury Park was led by Tyler

Cartaino, who finished the game with 28 points. Oak Park led 28-25 at halftime

of the championship game. The Oak Park-Newbury Park championship game was a

tight, well-played contest throughout.

The day’s high scorers

belonged to University’s CJ Sinada, Verbum Dei’s Nick Spates and Newbury Park’s

Tyler Cartaino. Each player lit up the scoreboard with 28 points in their

respective games.

As far as all-tournament

selection goes, St. Monica was represented on the first team by Kavin Dotson.

Spencer Gorman made the all-tourney honorable mention team. 

Michael Alvarez and

Cole Micek of Oak Park shared the tournament’s co-MVP honors. Darnell Bettis

(University), Kevin Russell (Newbury Park) and Tyler Cartaino (Newbury Park),

were also selected to the all-tournament team.   

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